According to O'Connor, “The three poles or sources of my music are classical, folk and jazz. My two mentors were the great Texan and south western style fiddler Benny Thomasson and the French jazz violinist Stephan Grappelli. As to classical, I have to say that I’m a Beethoven man.”
For four weeks in the year 1717, Johann Sebastian Bach was held in custody by his Patron, the Duke of Weimar. During those weeks of November it seems that Bach began the Little Organ Book or "Orgelbüchlein" a project meant to instruct the young organist in the playing of chorales. The Ensemble Mare Nostrum has recorded the full 45 chorales, joined by soprano Céline Scheen.
The world of opera is ever expanding and constantly pulling in new listeners. But some folks out there just can get past the sound of the classically trained voice. If you're one of these people, then the BBC Concert Orchestra is your new best friend. On "Opera without Words" conductor Leonard Slatkin leads them in orchestral versions of classics from Leoncavallo, Verdi, Mozart and more.